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A new video has been released by The Pokémon Company for the upcoming Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon games, detailing the first stage evolved forms of the starter Pokémon, as well as some side-quest areas and a special Ash-Greninja form. This video also confirms the return of Mega Evolutions, which are now done not using the Mega Ring or Mega Bracelet, but through the Z-Ring which will also be used to perform the new Z-Moves.

The video, viewable below, details each of the evolved form’s type and ability, show the Pokémon in battle and gives you a look at their behavior in Pokémon-Amie.

Rowlet retains its Grass/Flying typing as it evolves into Dartrix, which is described as having a “certain snobbiness in its personality” and will “retire from the battle on the spot when it loses its focus”. Litten’s evolved form, Torracat, is still a pure Fire-type Pokémon and now possesses a bell-like flame sac around its neck which emits the high, clear noise of a bell when it’s used to produce flames. Finally, Popplio evolves into Brionne, a dancing “Pop Star” Pokémon. This upbeat pure Water-type Pokémon distracts its opponents with a variety of dances, before attacking them with conjured balloons.

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, Dartrix

Dartrix, the Blade Quill Pokémon

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, Torracat

Torracat, the Fire Cat Pokémon

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, Brionne

Brionne, the Pop Star Pokémon

Currently, there is no information available on these evolved form’s move sets or stats; those will likely become available the closer the launch date approaches. Each of these three Pokémon bears the abilities that are signature to the starter Pokémon; Dartrix has Overgrow, Torracat has Blaze, and Brionne has Torrent.

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon also introduces a number of side-areas for players to explore, such as the Festival Plaza, which bears a strikingly similar appearance and functionality to the Join Avenue of Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2. Here, players can earn Festival Coins by interacting with NPCs, and spend them at various shops to increase their Pokémons Effort Values, or use them to shop for special items.

There is also a special area called the Poké Pelago, described in the video as a “paradise for the Pokémon in your PC Boxes”. Poké Pelago consists of three separate islands where the Pokémon in your PC Boxes can go to relax and have fun; each isle has different effects on the main game when used. Isle Abeens has a chance to attract wild Pokémon to join you on your quest through the Alola Regions, Isle Aphun has your Pokémon searching for various valuable items such as the Evolution Stones, and Isle Evelup puts your Pokémon through a rigorous training regiment to boost their stats Effort Values.

Additionally, a special demo version of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon will be made available to download from the Nintendo 3DS eShop beginning October 18, 2016. Much like how the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire demo gave you a special reward for playing, the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon demo gives you a special Greninja, which can alter its form for the duration of a battle. Referred to as “Ash-Greninja”, this Greninja form possesses the unique ability of “Battle Bond”, which triggers the change to Ash-Greninja when it faints an opposing Pokémon.

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Ash-Greninja

Ash-Greninja, obtainable in the Special Demo version

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are scheduled for a worldwide release on November 18, 2016, for the Nintendo 3DS; Europe will receive their copies of the games almost a week later on November 23, 2016.

Stay tuned to TechRaptor for continually updated information on Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, and all things Pokémon.

What are your thoughts on the new first stage evolutions of the starter Pokémon? Which are you going to choose? Let us know in the comment section below.

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